Police Officer Recruitment and Testing Process

Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned living history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community.

The Naperville Police Department is a nationally accredited agency, whose mission is to provide professional, high quality and effective police service in partnership with the community. Recognizing the diverse needs of the community, the department provides and encourages a policy of professional and individual excellence which is enhanced by continuing education and training. The police department employs a staff of almost 300 whose mission is to provide professional, high quality and effective police service in partnership with the community.

The police department expects to hire approximately 10 – 15 police officers in the next two years. The annual starting salary for a Naperville police officer is currently $65,563.97.

The current Police Officer Primary Eligibility Register is in effect until November 5, 2016. New Police Officer recruitment will resume in Spring 2016.

Eligibility Requirements

The Naperville Board of Fire and Police Commissioners is charged with the appointment of all Police Officers. To be considered for employment, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a United States citizen;
  •  At the time of application, have completed at least 60 credit hours at an accredited college or university, and at the time of appointment, hold a Bachelor's degree in any discipline (original, official transcripts required as proof);
  • Possess a valid driver’s license, which will be used for identification at all phases of testing;
  • Have a valid social security number;
  • Be 21 years of age, but not older than 34 years of age by the date of orientation;
  • Attend orientation and all phases of testing;
  • Possess good moral character suitable to the role of a law enforcement officer;
  • Pass a polygraph test;
  • Pass a thorough background investigation;
  • Pass a medical examination including a psychological assessment and a functional physical evaluation;
  • Meet the vision requirement of uncorrected 20/100 correctable to 20/20 and not be color blind;
  • Meet all requirements of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners and the State of Illinois.

Testing Process 

The initial testing process will consist of two primary components: a traditional police officer written examination and a POWER test. The police officer exam will assess job-related cognitive abilities, personality characteristics and behavioral traits. The POWER test will assess job-related physical abilities. A candidate does not need to have any police officer experience, training or knowledge to successfully complete these tests. An orientation will be provided immediately prior to the administration of the tests to provide further information regarding the testing process. For information about the POWER test, please click here.


Candidates who pass the written examination and POWER Test will be placed on an Initial Eligibility List and further screened for appointment as determined by the Board of Fire & Police Commissioners, which may include oral interview, polygraph screening, background check, psychological and medical examination.

The City of Naperville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.